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Imprisoned ex-Indiana pastor wants electronics returned

October 15, 2018

An imprisoned ex-pastor from Columbus who admitted to charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme faking a burglary of his home in order to pay an opioid drug debt is asking for the return of confiscated electronics.

The Republic of Columbus reported 39-year-old Justin White filed a motion in Bartholomew Circuit Court seeking return of electronics including a cellphone and two laptops that were seized when he was arrested. A hearing is Oct. 25.

The alleged burglary was in December 2015. White was sentenced last year after pleading guilty to two felony counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for inducing a 16-year-old youth to deal in hydrocodone and Oxycontin.

White was pastor of First Christian Church in Columbus. He’s said his opioid addiction started with a prescription for headaches.

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